Handheld/Cordless

Perhaps the most interesting new technology of the decade.

Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Written by on February 4, 2017 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 3 Comments
Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Graco’s 2017 lineup includes a total remodel of the handheld sprayer, now to be referred to as Graco Ultra (or Ultimate) Handheld Sprayers. We all recall the ProShots and TrueCoats from over the years. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve been working with handhelds for 7 years now. The biggest complaints about them historically […]

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Cordless and Cool: A Simple History of Graco Cordless Handheld Sprayers

Cordless and Cool: A Simple History of Graco Cordless Handheld Sprayers

ProShot Cordless Family Tree Todd and Scott have been testing, reviewing and downright using/abusing Graco handheld sprayers since their inception in 2010, when the original, first generation ProShot came out. What has been interesting to us about this family of handheld sprayers is that they challenge the user to modify his or her spray technique, […]

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Accelerating Small Tasks

Written by on July 28, 2012 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 13 Comments

It’s not the elephants that will kill you, it’s the mosquitoes. This old adage holds particularly true for paint contractors. It is the smallest, most tedious tasks that bog down production. And often the small projects show the most profit evaporation. Finding the areas that are hurting the most and correcting them is key. But sometimes, […]

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Spraying BM Arborcoat with a ProShot Fine Finish

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain is getting lots of application time with our crew on the log home restoration project we have been working on, and in this episode we run it through a Graco ProShot Fine Finish. In the spirit of two birds, one stone, I have been wanting to check Arborcoat through a sprayer […]

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Tools of the Trade Magazine: 2011 Graco ProShot Review

Tools of the Trade Magazine: 2011 Graco ProShot Review

On Further Review: ProShot, a year later… Here’s a Graco ProShot review that was featured in the fall 2011 issue of Tools of the Trade magazine in the “Tools up Close” category. This article includes information on: typical applications for the tool; cost of ownership analysis; accessories; bottom line recommendation; and tool specifications, including pricing. This […]

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ProShot Fine Finish or 9.5 Turboforce HVLP?

Written by on August 10, 2011 in Handheld/Cordless, HVLP, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 23 Comments

Depends on the situation. Often, it is the typical late afternoon dash from the jobsite to the shop to bang out a small project, such as spraying about a dozen shelves (with attached wooden brackets) with oil paint. Usually, the decision making process involves running through the set up and finishing process in my head. […]

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Do Manufacturers Listen to Paint Contractors?

Do Manufacturers Listen to Paint Contractors?

Topcoat Review can’t really speak for anyone else, but we sure do hear plenty of scuttle butt around the internet about how manufacturers in the paint industry don’t care what contractors think about their products. You can’t hardly throw a dart in a paint forum these days without bullseyeing on yet another down on his […]

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A picture…

Written by on June 19, 2011 in Handheld/Cordless, On Further Review..., Sprayers with 0 Comments
A picture…

…is worth a thousand words. Maybe more.

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ProShot Small Project Sequel

ProShot Small Project Sequel

The results are in on our ProShot kitchen cabinet spraying project. The prime coat laid down so nicely out of the ProShot that we decided to run it on the finish coats as well. The ProShot will work for this type of task, and there is definitely a gain in efficiency because you have no […]

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ProShot: Small Project Sprayer Selection

Quick tutorial by Scott Burt on sprayer selection for small shop or on site projects, with emphasis on the differences between the Graco ProShot and the ProShot Fine Finish Unit. Footage shows a batch of kitchen cabinet doors and shelving being primed with unthinned acrylic primer through the ProShot. Feedback and questions are welcome, as […]

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